The Virgin Valley High School Bulldogs defensive unit dominated their opponent for the second week in a row, shutting down the high power Pahrump High School Trojans 20-0 Friday night in the Dawg Pound. After being injured early last season, linebacker Tanner Fielding led the Dawgs defense with 8 tackles and two sacks. Fielding harassed the double wing running Trojans all night long. The Dawgs line play was almost perfect as they held the high flying Trojans to 139 yards on the ground and zero yards from their option passing attack. The Trojans had 48 running plays for 139 yards, only a 2.90 per carry average. Bulldog lineman Jeremy Perkins, Tuau Fiso, Riley Waite, Sione Tupuo, Wyatt Hillius and linebackers Fielding and Wyatt Delano were the defensive stalwarts of the game. Trojan Joe Clayton congratulated Bulldog coach Matt Woods after the game commenting on the line play of his Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs, led by Delano’s 46 yard scamper, went 70 yards on six carries for the game’s first touchdown, with Delano taking it over from the four yard line. The point after attempt kick failed. The Bulldogs added their second touchdown of the second period with quarterback Kyler Sudweeks going in from 3 yards out, making the score 12-0. The P.A.T. failed once again. The Bulldog lead stood for the rest of the first half.
The Bulldogs drove to the Trojans 5 yard line but fumbled giving the Trojans a first down. A Trojans bad snap on their first play rolled into the end zone allowing defensive lineman Rafi Ramirez to fall on it for a touchdown. Sudweeks hit Koden Tietjen for a two point conversion giving the Dawgs a 20-0 advantage going into the final quarter. Neither team scored, in the last period, as mistakes and turnovers shut down the Bulldogs. Delano led all rushers with 111 yards on only 9 carries. Q.B. Sudweeks went 9-12 completions for 90 yards to spark the passing attack. “The boys had a great defensive effort” said coach Woods. “We do need to work on holding the ball with fumble drills this week. Also we need more discipline to eliminate our penalties. The Bulldogs face last year’s nemesis Del Sol next week in Las Vegas. See preview of next week’s matchup.